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Here + Now


Here + Now, a series of solo exhibitions, performances and community events curated by UICA Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy will extend the opportunity presented by US IS THEM to emerging and mid-career African American visual artists, spoken word artists, curators, and performance artists. Here + Now will include newly created solo shows and a guest-curated group exhibition, as well as community events and educational programs.

Candace Hunter, Nina Simone's Four Women: Aunt Sara; Collage; 24 x 18 inches

Candace Hunter, Nina Simone's Four Women: Aunt Sara; Collage; 24 x 18 inches


Nakeya Brown
Nakeya Brown was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University. Her work has been exhibited at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, Woman Made Gallery, Vivid Solutions Gallery, and Mason Gross Gallery. Brown’s work has been reviewed by The Washington City Paper, African & Afro-Diasporan Art Talks, ForHarriet, and has been published by international publications, Hysteria and Elephant. She is a recipient of the Hortense May Boutell, Richard T. Evans, and Winifred Todd Farah endowments. She is currently pursuing her M.F.A at The George Washington University. Nakeya lives in Washington, D.C with her 3-year-old daughter, Mia.

Rashida Bumbray
Rashida Bumbray is an accomplished curator and choreographer. Following her five year tenure as Associate Curator at The Kitchen, where she organized several critically acclaimed projects and commissions, Bumbray served as a guest curator at Creative Time for the 2014 public art exhibition Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn. She began her career as the Curatorial Assistant and Exhibition Coordinator at The Studio Museum, where she co-founded the installation StudioSound and Hoofers’ House a monthly jam session for tap dancers — now called Shim Sham. Bumbray is a recipient of the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, and was nominated for a Bessie: NY Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer for her work Little Red Rooster in a Red House.

Mario Moore, White on Black, Oil on Canvas

Mario Moore, White on Black, Oil on Canvas

Mario Moore
Mario Moore is a Detroit native, currently residing in New York City. He received his BFA in Illustration from The College for Creative Studies in his hometown of Detroit in 2009, and completed his MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2013. Moore’s solo exhibitions include Harlem School of the Arts, The Diggs Gallery/Winston-Salem State University, and Knox College. His work was also included in the Studio Visit Volume 31 (2015) and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s catalog, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art (2014).

Guest Curator, Janice Bond
Janice Bond is a communications, programs, and business development strategist specializing in arts and culture.  As a visual/multimedia artist, her original paintings, installations, and collective soundscapes focus on multidimensional human perspectives and identity, sacred geometry, sound frequencies, and indigenous fractal patterns found in various cultures and urban landscapes. In 2014, Bond opened Gallery ONI, a contemporary art gallery and cultural space located in Chicago, Illinois dedicated to promoting the work of women artists of color.  As  featured guest curator for Here + Now, Bond will present a new iteration of Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, which debuted at Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery in early 2016.


Opening Night Event: US IS THEM and Here + Now
Friday, January 27, 2017
UICA Member Preview: 5:30 -  6:00 pm, Public Welcome, 6:00 pm - 9 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Join UICA as we celebrate the opening of US IS THEM: Art from the Pizzuti Collection and Here + Now. Enjoy light refreshments, hear remarks from UICA’s Exhibitions Curator, and learn about the works on view from docents stationed in the galleries.

Kim Nogueira, L-Imperatrice; Brooch, copper, silver, vitreous enamel, topaz; 2 x 3 x 0.4 inches

Kim Nogueira, L-Imperatrice; Brooch, copper, silver, vitreous enamel, topaz; 2 x 3 x 0.4 inches


UICA worked alongside an active advisory committee made up of entrepreneurs, professionals, and activists with demonstrated histories in community advocacy and equity development to ensure an authentic and impactful commitment to diversity and inclusion. The advisory committee includes; George Bayard, Janean Couch, Alice Jasper, Latesha Lipscomb, Eddie Tadlock, Jamiel Robinson, and LaTarro Traylor.

This exhibition is critical because people need both mirrors and windows to thrive in a community. When you highlight the work of a contemporary artist who is also a person of color, it gives little brown boys and girls an opportunity see a person who looks just like them living out their dreams.
— Latesha Lipscomb | Entrepreneur and Business Owner
Creativity, innovation, conversation, and understanding are all byproducts of the arts & culture we see and interact with. Bringing great emerging talent to our community will hopefully help to cultivate a sense of hope, pride, and purpose in not only other emerging contemporary artists and persons of color, but others in our community.
— Janean Couch | Program Officer Grand Rapids Community Foundation

UICA thanks the following for their generous support of US IS THEM and Here + Now

Visionary
Ferris State University

Thought Leader
Conduit
The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
The Wege Foundation

Innovator
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Meijer
MIchigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs


Cover image:
DETAIL: Nakeya Brown, Hair Portrait #2, The Refutation of “Good” Hair , 19 inches x 19 inches, Archival Inkjet Print , 2012

Above:
Candace Hunter, Nina Simone's Four Women: Aunt Sara”; Collage; 24 x 18 inches